mhansen - 5:46 pm on Dec 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
Whats missing here is that Google places USED to show several ways to narrow the results. All those tools to narrow the results seem to be gone now, at least I can't find them using several queries.
- Show Places Open now? (I assume based on hours entered by owner)
- Show places that take credit cards?
- Show places within 5/10/25 miles of your location?
All those options are gone...
IMO, while this seems like the OP is registering a valid complaint about the worn-out-aged-old-school Google algo, its actually justifying the need for more indexing options in the places or maps listings.